There's an interesting comment published in The Californian today about a company called Procinctu, located in Romoland, just north-east of the Menifee boundary...
Ray Lutz helped oust Blackwater-West from Potrero in San Diego. At the Citizens for Democracy meeting, he will address the private military companies and explain his established citizens oversight panels program that encourages residents to oversee their governing boards, thus creating a more open, transparent government.The comment is from Ann Weston, who compares Procinctu with Blackwater USA, arguing that private companies have no business in cashing in on war.
Procinctu trains people for combat, which may include soldiers, but also law enforcement and security personnel. The feeling I'm getting from Weston's comment is that companies like Procinctu are bad.
Privatization of war has been around for centuries. Most of the soldiers that George Washington commanded under the American Revolution were mercenaries and private militias, that fought for money. All the ships, tanks, guns, airplanes, bombs, and what have you, that our military uses, was all manufactured by private companies. It stands to make sense, that private companies would also provide specialized training.
It was also war that brought the USA out of the Great Depression.
And it's also war companies that created much of technologies we have today.
You can read Weston's comment here...
The Press Enterprise published a background on Procinctu here...
Though I think for Weston, the situation may resolve itself with Obama pledging to pull troops out of Iraq, or at least that's what he said during the campaign. Procinctu may also find itself out of business anyways, with governments finding themselves with revenue shortages.